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Monitor a Fever from Your Phone?

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By Matt McMillenJanuary 27, 2015
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Keeping a close eye on your child’s fever can be a tough job, especially when she’s asleep. A new device called Fever Smart aims to make tracking her temperature a lot easier. The FDA-certified device wirelessly – and continuously – transmits fever data to you. If her fever spikes, you get an alert on your smart phone. If it’s holding steady, you can let her sleep.

Fever Smart was developed by students at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. One of them, Collin Hill, had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a blood cancer, at age 19. During treatment, infections would cause his temperature to rise.

“He was frustrated that he couldn’t continuously monitor or be alerted when it rose,” co-founder Aaron Goldstein told philly.com, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s website. “He approached me and we began this in February 2013.”

The result of their collaboration ships in early February and will cost $ 129. Here’s how it works:

A small device sticks under the armpit with the help of a disposable – and hopefully ouchless – adhesive patch. That device monitors body temps and sends data to a nearby iOS or Android device. You can then access that data from anywhere via Fever Smart’s accompanying app (the data can also be transmitted to your child’s pediatrician).

As CNET’s Amanda Kooser points out, “If there’s a downside to this arrangement, it’s that you need to leave an iOS device within Bluetooth range of your kid in order for it to work.” (You also have to give up one of your devices as long as you use it as a relay. It must stay within 15 feet of your child.)

Otherwise, Kooser likes the idea: “It’s bound to get a good workout during cold and flu season, but it could also be a powerful tool for keeping an eye on kids with chronic medical conditions.”

What do you think? Could something like this replace your old fashioned digital thermometer? (Are digital thermometers already old fashioned?!)

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